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“Alswinn” – a Norse Themed Song about the Sun by the Band Faun


The Trundholm Sun Chariot, found in Denmark and an example of an artifact revering the sun. The sun chariot is a common symbol found in Indo-European mythology.1

We’ve just added a song to the traditional and folk music video resources section. It’s called Alswinn, and is taken from the latest album called Midgard by the German band Faun. Faun sing a number of pagan folk songs with traditional instruments.

This song describes Alswinn, one of the horses in Nordic mythology that pulls a chariot carrying the sun across the sky:

“On his hooves, he wears runes
He roams the sky
In his golden carriage, he carries
The sun until the evening hours”

(See full English translation of the lyrics here.)

Interestingly, the sun chariot is derived from one of the oldest known Indo-European myths that was spread with the Religion of the Sun. The Vedic sun god Surya, the Greek sun god Helios (as well as Apollo), and the Indo-European sun god Belenus were all depicted being pulled across the sky in horse drawn chariots, for example.2 The sun horse is also a common symbol associated with the sun and can be commonly found in the celtic and slavic traditions as well as in ancient Sumerian and Phoenician art.

This song can now be found in the video resources gallery, accessible via link below.

  1. Nationalmuseet [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

  2. More information on this can be found on the Cultures Descended from the Civilization of the Sun page 

About the author

Vida Narovski

Vida Narovski a writer and researcher for and is a practitioner of the Religion of the Sun. Vida is of Baltic descent, and she is fascinated by the remnants of the Religion of the Sun that are found in her Lithuanian roots, many of which are still prevalent in Lithuanian culture today. She explores ancient sacred sites and pores over ancient texts, with the hope of bringing back the relevance of the Religion of the Sun to those interested in spirituality today.


    • Hi VV,

      Yes – the depiction of the sun in this particular myth (which is from later Norse mythology but has very ancient roots) is the goddess Sol/Sunne who rides in a chariot with two horses (one of which is Alswinn, whom the song is about) and she is chased across the sky by the wolf Skol.

      Similar references to the sun being a male sun god as well as a female sun goddess are found in the ancient Hindu text, the Rig Veda. Norse mythology has many connections to the vedas in general, so it’s possible this is how the sun came to be portrayed as a goddess in this myth as well.

      The depiction of the sun being carried by a chariot has very ancient roots and appears to be found only in Indo-European cultures.

  • I think that will happen for sure David. I’ve written many songs and compositions before, it’s just a case of getting in the right frame of mind and of course learning instruments and scales/harmonies that are in line with the religion of the sun.

    But number one is the right frame of mind. When I’ve written my better music, it just “happens” – it’s not something that requires intellectual wrangling (which indeed hinders art).

    Getting more involved with everything to do with the religion of the sun is I think the key.

  • I really like the tune of this song. For me it has a very inspiring feel and fits the topic nicely I think.

    I saw on their youtube channel they share the full song:

    It actually has the whole album there. While I don’t like all of the songs, there are at least a couple which also have nice tunes and some spiritual lyrics at least.

    Would be great to be able to play music like this in the future.

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